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Professional Foundation

Kickstart a career in the pet industry with our Professional Foundation course at Dollhouse Academy where we prep you to become an adept pet groomer. During the 20 - 40 lessons with us, we’ll equip you with all the necessary skills required for you to ace your SKC Class C Exam! Together with theoretical lessons where we teach you about grooming safety, dog anatomy and behaviour, we also take you through the practical aspects of grooming such as cleaning, clipping techniques and so much more.


By the end of this course you will be ready to:

  • Become a Professional Pet Groomer

  • Sit for the SKC Class C/D Grooming Examination*


This course will prepare you for careers such as:

  • Pet Grooming Assistant

  • Pet Salon Manager

  • Pet Salon Owner

  • Pet Day Care

  • Pet Boarding Kennel

  • Dog Training 

  • Dog Walker 

  • Dog Breeder 

  • Handler 

  • Handler Assistant 

Suitable age:

  • 16 years old and above

  • Students below 16 are required to obtain parental consent 


6 hours per lesson

Flexible class scheduling

Registration Fee: $80.00

Single lessons are $180/ lesson

20 Lessons

Module 1 + 3


40 Lessons

Module 1 +2 + 3



Module 1:


  • Bathing Techniques

  • Drying Techniques

  • Brushing Techniques

  • Basic Grooming Techniques
    Nail Clipping, Ear Cleaning, Removal of ear hair, Expressing of Anal Glands

  • Basic Clipping Techniques     
    Clipping of paw-pads, sanitary area, poodle feet, poodle face

  • De-matting

  • Removing undercoat

  • Pre-clips and line setting

  • Scissoring techniques


  • Dog anatomy

  • Pet safety and First Aid

  • Grooming tools and equipment

  • Breed recognition

  • Breed Standard

  • Pattern Lines

  • Pet Behaviour and Temperament

  • Basic health care

  • Foam Modelling

  • Clay Modelling,

  • Drawing and Balance

Module 2:

Pet Styles


  • Shave Down

  • Summer Clip


  • Teddy Bear Clip

  • Different Poodle Face Cuts


  • Boo Cut


  • Schnauzer Lines

  • Schnauzer Face

Module 3:

Exam Clip


  • Lamb Clip


  • Seal Cut

Add Ons

SKC Class C Examination Lamb Clip: 

  • Model Preparation

  • Posture

  • Balance

  • Shape Setting

  • Use of Equipment

  • Advanced Scissoring

Course outline are subjected to change depending on student's speed of learning and progress. 

SKC Examination

  • Students are responsible for registration and fees of the annual SKC Grooming Examination. The school will provide details on registration procedures. 

  • Competition Model rentals are not included in course fees and are subject to availability. Terms and Conditions for the welfare of the model apply.


(not included)

Nail Care

Nail Clipper

Nail File

Quik Stop


Ear Care


Ear Cleaner

Ear Powder




Doggyman Slicker Brush

Madan Pin Brush



Straight Comb Short Teeth

Straight Comb Long Teeth



Scissors Pouch

Tool Box/Bag


2-Speed Anidis Clipper

Small Panasonic Clipper



Andis Blades: #40, #30, #10, #7F, #5F 

Wahl Attachement Combs Set


Training Shears

Straight Shears

Curve Shears

Thinning Shears


Equipment Care

Clipper Oil

Blade Coolant


Text Books and Stationary

Notes from the grooming table 

Drawing Tools


Tools and Equipment in this list are not included in Tuition Fee.


All professional tools and equipment in this list are available for purchase via the school office.


Students are not obliged to purchase tools and equipment from the school and they may purchase tools and equipment from other vendors. 


To avoid purchasing unsuitable tools and equipment, students are strongly advised to consult their instructors regarding suitability of each item before the purchase from other vendors.